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High Five Hope uses basketball to help underprivileged children in Philippines

Bill Hilf poses with winner of last year’s sportsmanship award. “My job with High Five Hope is to continue to create an environment for them where they can see that hope,” he said.

Two years ago, Bill Hilf was in Cebu for a Microsoft summit, while jogging he passed through a basketball courts where a group of homeless children were playing. All of a sudden, youngsters started jogging with him, and that morning turned into a marathon four-hour jog/basketball game through slums of Cebu. Shortly after returning to Seattle, he founded High Five Hope, a nonprofit organization that uses basketball to lift spirit of homeless and underprivileged children in Philippines while teaching them valuable life skills such as self-esteem, confidence, leadership and teamwork. Hilf’s organization partners year-round with local charities that work with children living on streets. It also puts on an annual eight-week Hope Sports Fest in Manila.

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